Osteoporosis is a condition that causes weakening of the bones in your body. Also called "brittle bone disease," osteoporosis increases your chance of sustaining a broken bone. Broken bones can cause significant problems, especially when a spine fracture or broken hip occurs. Because of these concerns, all people should understand their chance of developing osteoporosis, and if they need steps to prevent the development or progression of osteoporosis.
Everyone should know their risks for developing osteoporosis, and anyone who is "at risk" for osteoporosis should have their bone density checked. A bone density test can be performed for patients who may have osteoporosis. Bone density tests are also useful to monitor the progression of osteoporosis and the response to treatments.
Some people should be tested for osteoporosis at an earlier age. Knowing the signs to look for can help you understand when the time is right to have a bone density test. If you are ever unsure, you should discuss this with your doctor. It is also a good idea to ask your doctor about a bone density test. Your doctor may be focused on management of your blood pressure, cholesterol, or other medical conditions. It is helpful if you ask about when to have a bone density test.
Medications are often used as part of the treatment for patients with osteoporosis, as well as those who have a significant chance of developing osteoporosis. Most osteoporosis medications try to prevent our natural process of bone loss. A new type of medication is also being used in some situations to stimulate bone formation.
Osteoporosis & Fractures
Broken bones are the often the end result of osteoporosis. The goal of treatment is to prevent sustaining a broken bone, especially a broken hip. Some of the more commonly fractured bones in the body as a result of osteoporosis include: